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Vincent Van Gogh once said, "Orange is the color of insanity." This week his compatriots are proving the painter right. The Netherlands is going orange mad and just about the whole country is draped in the color of the Dutch royal house ahead of Sunday's World Cup final. Read more»

A pro-Flemish independence demonstration in 2007.

Is it time to wave bye to Belgium? Not yet, despite the spectacular gains in Sunday's elections by separatists seeking independence for the country's Dutch-speaking north. Read more»

A pro-Flemish independence demonstration in 2007.

Despite the popularity of Flemish separatist parties, splitting Belgium could prove impractical. Read more»

Frankfurt's airport is deserted Friday, after volcanic ash shut down most air travel in Europe.

About 8,000 flights in Europe were canceled on Thursday and about 16,000 were expected to be grounded Friday — well over half the number normally criss-crossing the continent. Read more»

A 'coffee shop' in Amsterdam.

After 30 years of high times, Amsterdam continues to attract waves of tourists eager to smoke a reefer or two without having to look out for the cops. However Dutch attitudes are changing. Restrictions on cannabis sales are tighter, while youngsters seem indifferent to the coffee shops' charms. Read more»

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